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The Carbon Literacy: Knowledge (CLK) E-learning Framework has been developed to assist organisations and trainers in delivering Carbon Literacy. The framework meets almost all of the requirements of the “Knowledge” component of the Carbon Literacy Standard. As Carbon Literacy must be customised to be immediately relevant to its recipient audience. Therefore, we have adapted the framework to suit the audience who will be participating in it. As a result, a number of “flavours” of CLK are available to audiences from the relevant sector.

Currently, these are:

  • Registered Providers of Social Housing
  • Local Authorities
  • Fire and Rescue Services
  • Large Commercial Organisations
  • Carbon Literate Citizens

If you fall into a different sector and are interested in purchasing CLK to help with your delivery of CL, please contact us and we’ll talk you through the process and options.

Because of the requirement to work with others, a learner cannot currently become fully Carbon Literate through online learning alone, but completion of the e-learning course generates a CL Knowledge interim certificate, with the learner being approximately half-way through their “days worth” of training to become Carbon Literate.

This e-learning course is optional and is not the only way that learners can become Carbon Literate. Using CLK provides an easily-accessible, hassle-free, consistent package that ensures your learners will meet the ‘Knowledge’ criteria of the Carbon Literacy Standard, whilst allowing them to work at their own pace, when convenient, and potentially with fewer challenges of availability and cost than face to face training.

The course covers the basic science of climate change, in a structured and easy to navigate way, as part of the journey towards a low carbon culture.

CLK collates the latest scientific evidence and thinking from climate change scientists across the world. Wherever possible, all material is referenced back to the original sources, studies, web pages and other resources so learners can follow the information back to its root if they wish. The framework has been written in such a way as to allow regular updating by The Carbon Literacy Project, to ensure that the quality of the information passed on to learners remains at the highest standard and that the science is as up to date as possible.

Because of the requirements of the CL Standard for learning to be relevant to the learners’ own environment, courses adapted from the framework are packed with specific information that will maximise the learning within their own setting. Expect facts, impacts, effects, case studies and signposting to further help and information, all customised so that it is tailor-made for learners from the relevant sector.

What’s involved?

There are 8 sections to complete, taking a learner through the basics of climate change science, how climate change is already affecting us and the rest of the world, and what we can do to help.

  1. What Greenhouse Gases are, and their relationship to weather and climate.
  2. How climate here and elsewhere is likely to change, and how we know this.
  3. How changes in the climate are likely to affect us in the UK and in other parts of the world.
  4. How our actions impact the amount of greenhouse gases produced and the impact that they have.
  5. What we can do to reduce our impact and the benefits and disadvantages of taking action.
  6. What we are already doing locally and nationally.
  7. Where we can go to get help. What help is available to us.
  8. How we can motivate others to take action, including gaining the confidence to express our carbon literacy to others.

It takes on average three hours to work through all 8 sections, but this time will vary between learners. Each section has been designed to ensure learners cover enough information to meet the Standard, then having the option to either move on (having met the minimum requirement) or staying and exploring further – sometimes extensively.

Each section covers the ‘need to know’ basics using text and video, whilst hosting additional ‘satellite’ information (key facts, case studies and infographics). Learners can choose to interact with additional sections depending on their own interests. Interspersed with activities and challenges to actively engage and inspire, most sections are then finished with a quiz.

"This is the best learning experience I think I have ever had!"

Carbon Literacy E-Learning Report

"[I] found the course very informative and [it] really shifted my thinking on this topic. [It’s] enabled me to provide better leadership around change for my organisation."

Carbon Literacy E-Learning Report

"Carbon Literacy training is the environmental education our community needs in order for my generation (the people who have the time and power to make a change) to learn about climate change and what we can do to help make our world healthy again."

Carbon Literacy E-Learning Report

"This was a very informative and enjoyable module to follow, and its explanations and science readily understood by someone with little scientific knowledge."

Carbon Literacy E-Learning Report

Becoming Carbon Literate

Following completion of CLK, a learner will be about half-way towards becoming Carbon Literate.

Carbon Literacy requires an element of peer to peer learning and group enquiry within the course. As a result, most organisations using e-learning as a component, use it to provide the consistent foundation knowledge and then follow it up with (roughly) half a day of face-to-face work on issues relevant to that organisation, to meet the peer-to-peer and group enquiry and action requirements of the training.

Carbon Literacy Knowledge: E-Learning Pack

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